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Storm and Silence is one of my favorite historical series so far. In theActual rating: 3.5 Stars! Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
Storm and Silence is one of my favorite historical series so far. In the Eye Of the Storm both Lily and Ambrose has some crazy adventures in the deserts of Egypt but in this book they embark on a new journey to find a treasure in the wild jungle of South-America. I was pretty excited to read this book because I loved the first two books which was totally hilarious and adventurous. But coming to this one, I have mixed feelings. Although I immensely enjoyed the overall story, I had some issues with the plot development and also with the main protagonist. I’m not saying it was a terrible read because It really was entertaining throughout but some parts felt quite ridiculously annoying and unrealistic especially Lily’s new found bold personality.
The adventures of Rikkard Ambrose and his secretary Mr. Linton aka Lily Linton continues in this third installment. After their adventure in Egypt, the cold and uptight business mogul Mr. Rikkard Ambrose is back on his track to increase his wealth and business by using his smart skills. Lily is back to her normal life as his assistant but she still can’t seem to forget the journey she had with him especially the hot special moments they had shared together. Her Aunt hasn’t given up on the search to find her a decent husband and she was nearly engaged to a guy that she doesn’t like. Being a secretary for Mr. Rikkard Ambrose wasn’t an easy Job. After nearly escaping from various dangerous circumstances, Rikkard, Lily Linton and bodyguard Karim end up in the wild jungle of South America. With only a map as their guide together they go on a treasure hunt. During their journey, they face many dangerous obstacles. Lily tries hard to deny her attraction for Mr. Rikkard but in the end she couldn’t. She turns totally wild and she doesn’t give a damn about the society rules because they’re in the middle of the jungle.
Lily is my favorite character in this series so far and I never felt her character to be annoying but in this book I found her to be not only annoying but also a bit stupid and over dramatic. She’s quite hilarious and bold in this book but some of her actions seemed totally ridiculous especially her lecherous behavior towards Ambrose to get him riled. It seemed like she was a girl from a 20th century not 18th century. To be honest, I loved the way she taunted him but sometimes she was too much. Her ranting about being a Feminist but she can’t help herself getting attracted to Ambrose gets quite repetitive in this book. It totally annoyed me! Ambrose is still a chauvinistic miser with ice cold personality. I always find his character interesting because we still don’t know much about his background. We have a short glimpse on his dark past and we finally get to meet the mystery lady that sends him pink letters. I can’t wait to know more about him in the next book. Ambrose’s bodyguard Karim is a fun secondary character. As always, he still treats Lily like she was an Ifrit(demon). I really enjoyed his funny expressions whenever Lily starts to show her wild side. The relationship status between Ambrose and Lily is still unknown but the sexual tension between them is too high in this book and get ready for a lot of hot makeout sessions between them. They both act like horny teenagers in the jungle. To be honest, I enjoyed the hot romance but I wish there was a bit more heart-to-heart interaction between them before they step into the naughty world.
The Plot was interesting and fun but it wasn’t as adventurous as the previous installments. It was mostly focused on the romance between Lily and Ambrose. It seemed like the third book was written for fun because It was missing all the seriousness that I found in the last book. I really expected more from this book so it was a bit disappointing though. I loved the witty writing style of the author. As always, the entire book was told from Lily’s POV and also three bonus chapters at the end from Rikkard Ambrose’s POV. I always enjoy reading Rikkard’s POV’s and I really hope the next book is written in dual POV. The world building was great. This time the author takes us into the wild life and it was fun reading how Lily struggles to survive in the jungle enduring the heat and the mosquitoes.
Overall, It was fun and entertaining but it’s not my favorite! I wish the author focused a bit more on the plot and the action. The next book sounds pretty interesting because we finally get to meet Rikkard Ambrose’s family and learn his dark past that turned him so bitter and cold. I can’t wait to read it!...more
I loved Livia Blackburne’s debut novel Midnight Thief and this is my secActual Rating: 3.5 Stars! Same Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
I loved Livia Blackburne’s debut novel Midnight Thief and this is my second book by her. I’ve been sitting on the fence whether to read this book or not but after hearing so many great things about It, I finally decided to give it a shot. After finishing the book, I had hard time rating it because I was torn between 3.5 and 4 stars, but after some thought I gave it a 3.5. This book was really an enjoyable fantasy read that has an engaging plot, but to be honest it didn’t excite me as much as I thought it would. There wasn’t much action in the book and there are no magical elements. It’s a political fantasy novel set in a medieval world. The whole plot felt like another typical fantasy novel but the main characters are pretty much interesting though. I really loved Zivah and Dineas. They’re definitely the best part of this book.
Seventeen year Old Zivah always wanted to become a High Healer. After lots of hard struggle, She finally earns it but unfortunately, she soon falls prey to the dangerous rose plague after taking care of the plagued Amparan Soldiers. No one has found the cure for the plague yet and they don’t know how it spreads. Although Zivah survived the Plague fever, she’s rosemarked and she knows death is imminent for her because when the fever attacks her once again she won’t survive it. To keep her family safe from her, She lives in isolation and does experiments on herself to find the cure but nothing seems to work. When she learns about the threat to her village from the Amparan empire, she agrees to help her people by going to the capital where she would get the opportunity to study about the advanced healing methods. Dineas is a rebel warrior of the Shidadi Tribe who has been brutally tortured by the Amparan’s and left for dead. Luckily he has escaped and finally re-united with his tribe but the torture has left him broken. He vows to take revenge by bringing down the Amparan Empire. Zivah and Dineas are pretty much opposite to each other but in order to save their loved ones, they agree to go on a dangerous spy mission that could kill them both.
Zivah is a pretty likable character! She’s strong, smart, brave, caring and very determined. She might be a healer but don’t think of her as a soft character. She raises some dangerous pets that could kill anyone in minutes. She owns poisonous snakes, deadly spiders and Scorpions. She could take down anyone easily with her poisonous pet snake named Diadem who obediently listens to her every command. That’s totally badass btw. Dineas is a bit complex character. The torture by the Amparans has turned him bitter. I really loved the two sides of him where one is sweet, the other one is cold. I wish I could tell you guys more about his character but it’s a minor spoiler. OMG, I almost forgot to mention Dineas’s three crows who acts as messengers in this book. Among the three, Slicewing is my favorite. I don’t know how they could understand everything but their actions seemed so adorable. There is a light slow burn romance in this book. It felt like a triangle to me but it’s definitely not a triangle. You will get it after reading this book. The secondary characters are good but they’re not interesting enough to mention.
The plot was interesting and engaging! Although it seems unoriginal, it has an interesting storyline. I really enjoyed it but, I still had some issues with it. Due to the lack of action in the first half, the story felt a bit slow for me. There are not many twists in the book which made it less suspenseful. And also It would’ve been great if the author has provided more back story about The Amparans, The Shidadi Tribe, and the Rose plague. I enjoyed the author’s compelling writing style and I loved the dual POV[first-person]. There’s not much world building in this book but It’s satisfying enough. I really hope we get to explore more of this world in the next book.
Overall, I really liked it! Despite issues, I enjoyed the story! It was really an entertaining YA fantasy read with dynamic characters, and interesting plot. I’ll definitely look forward to the next book....more
This book was so disappointing! Its appealing cover is the first thing that grabbed my attentionSame Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
This book was so disappointing! Its appealing cover is the first thing that grabbed my attention and when I read its premise I totally fell for it cause I love reading assassin books. I really expected this to be a good read because it has an intriguing synopsis and it was written by an amazon bestselling author. Kristen Martin is a famous booktuber. I don’t follow her channel and I never read her Alpha trilogy so I didn’t know what to expect from her but this book was average and she needs a lot of improvement in her writing skills. The premise said perfect for fans of Marie Lu and George R.R. Martin – Seriously? Are you kidding me? This really felt like a book for middle graders. It has so many plot holes and underdeveloped characters.
Since young Arden Aleri is a member of Cruex, a group of skilled assassins of King Tymond. She’s a ruthless assassin who killed many people without any hesitation. All the members of Cruex are under the iron grip of King Darius Tymond. The Cruex assassin’s major job is to hunt down the caldari, people who practice illusié. On a high level mission, Aleri and another assassin named Rydan were selected to hunt down soames family. But at the time of assassination everything goes horribly wrong when Alderi realizes that the Soames are pretty much harmless and their only crime is being an illusié. She also discovers a power that is inside her. With this new discovery, Alderi suspects that King Tymond’s intentions aren’t really pure. So, she flees away from the scene without fully completing her mission which was certainly betraying her king. When she meets a group of Caldari, she decides to join them and she trains with them to control her new found power and also the darkness that is inside her. For a dangerous rescue mission, Alderi and her new friends needs to go back to the Kingdom which means she has to face the king she has betrayed and also her friend that she has left for dead.
All the characters in this book seemed underdeveloped and I couldn’t connect with any one of them. As an assassin, I expected Arden to be a kickass character with dark personality but she was nothing like that. She’s quite fragile and has lots of insecurities. She was looked after by Estelle, an illusié who totally seemed like a babysitter to her. She feeds her, trains her and she was always there for her whenever Arden gets panic attacks. Rydan, Arden’s friend and also one of the member of Cruex seemed like a fun guy at the beginning but he turns out to be a total douche. Braxton is the only character that I liked in this book but he wasn’t fleshed out well enough. Xerin is the leader of a caldari group who has some interesting powers but he can’t even save his sister by himself. The villain, King Tymond wasn’t strong as I expect him to be instead he was pretty boring. He has no magic powers, he isn’t smart and without his assassins this guy is pretty much nothing.
The plot was okay-ish but not engaging enough to hold my interest. After half way through the book I found myself counting the pages left to finish it. It’s a fast paced read but nothing exciting happens until the ending. The real action is found at the last ten percent of the book. The twists in the book are pretty predictable. The author didn’t gave any background info about how the magical system was formed and why the King hates the Caldari so much. Maybe it would be revealed in the next book but I won’t be picking it up anytime in the future. The writing was okay-okay. There are some grammatical errors, repetitive sentences, and I also found some modern terms in this book which definitely not fit in this world. I honestly felt like reading a wattpad novel and I can’t believe it was a published novel. I usually love multiple POV’s in fantasy books, but sadly I didn’t enjoy it in this book. I really wished this was written in a single or maybe a dual POV. The world building and the magic system are good. They’re the only aspects that I liked in this book.
Overall, this was an above average fantasy read for me. It really has a great potential but the execution of the story, and the poor characterization and their development was its major downfall. ...more
*e-ARC received from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Okay, I requested this book on netgalley because it sounded interesting. Besides fantasy, Sometimes I also like to read ghost hunting paranormal books so I thought “why not give it a shot?” After finishing this book, I felt this was an Okay-ish read. This is one of those books that you read for fun and entertainment. Ghost Slayer was an enjoyable read with some ghost hunting and some spooky stuff, but honestly it wasn’t as creepy and scary as I hoped because I’ve read books way more creepier than this one. The plot was interesting but It would’ve been great if the author has provided more info on ghost slayers and the exorcists. The characters were not bad but I wish the protagonist Kaelyn wasn’t so annoying.
The story follows twenty-one year old ghost slayer Kaelyn who’s been ghost hunting since she was young. she lives alone with her ghost mom and to survive, she hunts ghosts like some kind of part time job. She doesn’t use any spells or witchy stuff like other ghost slayers, She just uses her dagger to kill the ghosts. Every ghost she has killed stayed dead forever and they never resurface. She studies parapsy-chology in college and when her whole class goes to Mortimer hall for a study trip, she decides to go along with them but they aren’t aware that some evil ghost is haunting that place. After entering the Mortimer Hall, Kaelyn realizes that she just lost her ghost sensing powers. When things take a turn for worse, Kaelyn has to use her ghost hunting skills to save her friends before they get killed but she didn’t expect the ghost to be so powerful and deadly. When Kaelyn searches for clues and the history of the place, so many buried secrets are finally revealed including the one she has buried in her memory.
Although I enjoyed the story, I can’t connect with the characters. I expected Kaelyn to be a badass slayer but she totally wasn’t, and add to that she was kind of annoying too. Her attraction to her ex-love Alex always made me roll my eyes. She seriously hates the guy for something he has done in the past but she can’t stop the butterflies in her stomach whenever he was near *clichéd much*. Alex is smug and arrogant character. He isn’t a ghost slayer but he banishes ghosts with his spells. I actually liked this guy until he started to act like the know-it-all guy. He didn’t have much part in this book but I really liked Kaelyn and Alex as a team. Professor Logan, Kaelyn’s teacher from her para-psychology class is a guy with so many secrets. From the start, I had suspected that he was hiding something and his revelation totally surprised me. The secondary characters in this book aren’t interesting enough to describe. They didn’t do much in the story besides being the hostages.
The plot was good but I think it could’ve been executed even more better. Though it wasn’t too spooky enough to scare me, I like the mystery and all the thrills and chills it gave. The pacing was good and I didn’t feel bored because the story kept me engaged through out. There are some unexpected twists which really surprised me. It was a short story and some scenes felt a bit rushed especially the ending part. Nonetheless, it has a satisfying end. The story was told from Kaelyn’s first person POV. The writing was not bad but it definitely needs some improvement. I loved the setting! I liked how the author build a dark and creepy atmosphere in the story.
Overall, it was a good read but nothing amazing! Despite issues, I had fun reading it! The book finally concluded with no cliffhanger but it does left some unanswered questions . I’m not sure whether I’m gonna pick up the next book when it releases but we’ll see....more
Okay, I have mixed feelings about this book. I really liked the whole coActual Rating: 3.5 Stars! Same Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
Okay, I have mixed feelings about this book. I really liked the whole concept of the story and the setting, but there are few aspects in this book that made me not fully love it. The snow-white fairytale element in a dystopian world seemed very refreshing and I really liked how the author also incorporated the elements of Chinese culture into it. The setting of this book is very unique but I can’t say the same about the plot. There are so many clichéd parts in this book that you’ll find in any typical dystopian books especially the revolution and government conspiracy part. I’m not saying it was a boring read because the story did held my attention through out and the last twenty percent is definitely the best part of the whole book. The characters, the setting and the plot are decent enough to enjoy but nothing amazing enough to blow your mind away.
Sev is a fourth level citizen, the lowest class in the city but everyone knows her face because she’s the daughter of a traitor who turned against the city by helping the rebels. Because of her mother’s action everyone pretty much loaths her presence. For betraying the city, her mother was injected with SS, a sleeping sickness which is currently plaguing their world. Her half sleeping paralyzed body was displayed above the traitors arch as a trophy and also as a warning to others who wants to turn against them. When a horrific bombing occurs in the city, everyone suspects it was Sev because she’s the traitor’s daughter. To escape from the crime she hasn’t committed, she flees from the city with the help of a boy named Howl, an elite first class citizen and also the chairman’s son. Howl promises her to lead her to safety but Sev doesn’t understand why he wants to help her and it seems like he has his own secret agenda that he don’t want to reveal until they reached their destination. When they finally reach outside the city walls, Sev learns that the city has been lying to them about so many things and finally when all the secrets and betrayals are revealed, she doesn’t know whom to trust, but to save her loved ones, she has to take matters into her own hands.
Sev is a likable character but she’s definitely not my favorite protagonist. Though I loved her strength and fierceness, I didn’t like how she was so naive trusting others. Most of the time she doesn’t do anything to find answers even though she felt unsafe with her surroundings. She just waited until everything fell into her lap. As the story progressed, it was pretty easy to guess that she was just following the special snowflake syndrome. Tai-ge is the city’s general’s son, and also best friend of Sev who has known her since she was young and he calls her Sevvy. He’s really a sweet friend who really cares for Sev and they always enjoy playing weiqi board together. I actually liked this guy at the beginning but he soon lost all the brownie points when he acted a bit unfriendly towards her in public because of her mark which brands her as a criminal. Howl is a pretty interesting character who was mysterious, cocky and fun. He does have a charming personality and I can’t blame Sev for falling for him. I was actually going to root for him but the ending kinda made everything pretty much upside down. There is not much romance in this book but there are some flirty scenes between Sev and Howl. From the start, It was easy to guess there’s going to be some love triangle. After the stunning cliffhanger at the end, I would love to know how the drama unfolds in the next book. As for the secondary characters, I loved June! I actually liked her more than Sev and she’s really a great addition to the plot and I hope we get to see more of her in the sequel.
The plot was decent enough to enjoy, It was interesting and not too much predictable. It began with a slow start (I hate slow starts) but eventually the pace picks up speed in the second half. At the beginning, I was a bit confused with the world and everything so it really took some time for me to get into it. The sleeping sickness is a very interesting part of the story. The SS makes the victims succumb to a deep sleep before they awaken with violent tendencies which can only be controlled through a drug called Mantis. The major twists in the plot are totally unpredictable and I loved the ending part where things took an interesting turn, and everything becomes Chaos. I liked the writing style which was easy to understand. For a debut author, Caitlin has pretty good writing skills. The story was told in Sev’s first person POV but I might have enjoyed it more if it was told in multiple POV’s. The world building was great but it needs more development. I liked how the author constructed this world and how the citizen’s are divided by their class. This book was actually marketed as a fantasy novel but unfortunately, there are no fantasy elements in it. It is purely a sci-fi dystopian novel.
Overall, I liked it! It was an entertaining read filled with adventure, action, and political intrigue. Despite issues, I really liked the whole concept of the story and I’m very excited to know what happens next because of the shocking cliffhanger at the end. ...more